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In response to the uncertainty of many variables associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, fall 2020 classes will be offered primarily online with face-to-face instruction provided only when necessary. Specialized lab courses requiring a face-to-face component will be offered on campus but may also include online learning.
ECC is committed to offering programs and student support services in engaging online formats so you can move forward safely while staying close to home. Technology and online learning resources are available. See the Technology section below.
The fall semester begins on August 24. All on-campus coursework will be scheduled to conclude no later than Wednesday, November 25. Online coursework may continue through the end of the semester on Friday, December 18, 2020.
Beginning August 3, 2020, the Bookstore (Bldg. B, B150) will be open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, August 22 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. We are offering in store pick-up only. Fall textbooks can be ordered online and can be picked-up on campus.
Campus Health & Safety
Face-to-face instruction will be conducted with protective measures in place, including regular sanitizing of college facilities and social distancing in accordance with federal and state guidelines. The college will provide necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), including hand washing and sanitizing products, and face coverings for students and faculty.
ECC will continue to deliver a high-quality academic experience for students enrolled in online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. Most classes will be offered entirely online. Some courses requiring an essential face-to-face component, such as on-campus lab work, will be provided as hybrid classes. This means a mixture of hands-on, face-to-face instruction and online learning. A small number of courses that do not lend themselves to online delivery may be held fully on-campus.
We will be awarding financial aid during this time and, if you are eligible for any grants, we will email you and let you know that you have been awarded. Open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Remote services until 7 p.m. - Friday: Remote services from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. If you are not eligible for a grant and need a student loan, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can accept financial aid forms and documents via email. You can also fax forms or documents to 847-608-5460. Or, you can mail them to Elgin Community College, Financial Aid and Scholarships, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123.
Applications are still being accepted, and you can go to the Scholarships page to apply. If you receive a private scholarship that has been mailed to ECC, please check with us to confirm that it was received and that you have been awarded the scholarship. If your sponsor is unable to send the check at this time, let us know so that we can help you.
Sizes of Student Groups
To accommodate social distancing guidelines during face-to-face instruction, class sizes may be reduced, and additional lab sections may be added to accommodate smaller groups. In some cases, larger groups may be broken up in adjacent rooms.
Student Services & Faculty Office Hours
Since the onset of the pandemic, hundreds of students have utilized our student services remotely. This fall, the majority of student support services will remain remote, including tutors, career development services, wellness services, and more.
Faculty office hours will be delivered virtually during the fall semester.
To be successful in the online learning environment, students will need to be equipped with the necessary technology, such as a laptop or Chromebook, and access to the Internet. If you do not have access to these resources and need assistance, please contact the Library Circulation Desk at email@example.com for Chromebook requests and firstname.lastname@example.org for Wi-Fi hotspots.
Please note: The college's priority is to distribute resources to students who do not have access to online technology at home.